Austria's main cities of interest are
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Graz is the largest city in Steiermark and often overlooked by
visitors to Austria.
The region is south of Vienna and a gateway to
Slovenia and the Lake Balaton area of
The old town of Graz is built around the Schlossberg Park on the west
bank of the river Mur, and connected to the new town on the east bank by seven bridges.
An early Roman settlement is thought to be beneath Graz.
A castle was built here in the 11th-century, there is a 13th-century
church of the Teutonic Knights, and the 15th-century Gothic Cathedral of St Aegidius. A
16th-century parish church has an altarpiece by the Venetian artist Tintoretto.
Graz was also a residence of the Holy Roman Emperors in the 15th
century, and occupied by the French during the Napoleonic Wars.
Flight information and how to get to Graz Airport.
A warm welcome to Graz, from the Graz/Steiermark Information Office, Herrengasse 16.
The first significant date in Grazs history is the year 1128, marking the first
documented reference to the city. 250 years later, in 1379, Graz had grown enough to be
designated capital of Inner Austria, an area which comprised Styria and Carinthia, along
with Krain, Inner Istria and Trieste (now in present-day
Italy). As capital,
Graz was residence to the Hapsburg dynasty until 1619.
Accommodation in Graz
Hotels in Graz.
Innsbruck literally means bridge over the River Inn.
The capital of Tyrol is popular with winter tourists as its near many
ski areas, and was the site of the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics.
Innsbruck is at the junction of two important commercial routes -
both open all year due to their tunnels. The Arlberg Pass goes to Voralberg,
Liechtenstein, and Switzerland, while the Brenner Pass
links into Italy.
A motorway also runs to Munich and the Autobahn system of Germany.
Accommodation in Innsbruck
Sights in Innsbruck
The Furstenberg castle was built in Innsbruck during the 15th
The Hofkirche, a Franciscan church dating from the 16th century,
contains the monumental tomb of Holy Roman Emperor, Maximilian I.
The former imperial palace, dates from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Marketing the 'Capital of the Alps' and its holiday villages.
Innsbruck Travel Tips
Visitors to Innsbruck should take advantage of the 24 and 48 hour
Innsbruck Card, which allows unlimited access to museums, public buildings, local
transport and the mountain railway system during the time of validity.
By Walking Seefeld.
Salzburg has an attractive Alpine setting on the Salzach River, at
the base of a 500 metre-high rocky crag.
An 11th-century fort rests on the Monchsberg.
Salzburg hosts many internationally famous music and drama festivals every year.
An a-z listing of just about everything you'll want to know about Salzburg.
Accommodation in Salzburg
Accommodation in Salzburg.
The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music
the film locations in and around Salzburg.
Where Maria and the children were seen dancing around the statue of Pegasus, the winged
horse, and throughout the gardens singing 'Do-Re-Mi'.
The front side of the castle was used as the Trapp family home, the children were boating
on the Leopoldskron Lake and fell into the water. The Venetian room was copied from the
castle and used as the ballroom.
This hunting castle was built in the early 17th century by Prince-Archbishop Markus
Sittikus. In the gardens the glass pavilion was reconstructed for the pleasure of those
fans still returning after 30 years.
Nonnberg is the oldest convent in the German speaking part of Europe. Maria was a novice
there. The baron and Maria were married here in 1927. The scenes for the movie made here
include the opening with the nuns going to Mass and Maria arriving too late.
and Lake Wolfgang (Wolfgangsee):
Scenery shown at the beginning of the movie was filmed at Lake Fuschl on the way to St.
Gilgen. Like the Mozart family, visitors from all over the world appreciate the beautiful
village in the Salzkammergut.
The Basilica of St. Michael is where the movie's famous wedding scenes were filmed.
The Original Sound
of Music Tour in Salzburg.
Enjoy a wonderful ride with breathtaking views of the landscape where the opening scenes
of the famous musical, the Sound of Music, were filmed. Relax and listen to the soundtrack
or sing along to the famous songs and lyrics including My Favourite Things, Do-Re-Mi,
Edelweiss, Climb Ev'ry Mountain, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, The Lonely Goatherd and of
course the glorious title song The Sound of Music.
If you don't fancy a sing-along on the bus, then a Sound
of Music Private Tour may be more to your liking.
The capital of Austria,
German, is on both banks of the River Danube; in the north-east of the country, near
The Wienerwald (Vienna Woods) and the foothills of the Eastern Alps
begin shortly after the western suburbs of Vienna.
Vienna was the political and economic centre of the Austrian Empire
for many centuries and the capital of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy between 1867 and 1918.
Accommodation in Vienna
The Heart of Vienna
Known as the Innere Stadt, the Inner City was once surrounded by
defensive walls, today it is within the Ringstrasse; a broad boulevard, lined with
imposing buildings, monuments, and parks.
The Rathaus, Burgtheater, University, Parliament, and State Opera were
all constructed during a building boom in the late 1800s.
The oldest part of the Hofburg, the former imperial palace, was built
during the 13th century.
In the centre of the Inner City, the Gothic St Stephen's Cathedral
(rebuilt 13th-15th century) has a 113 m steeple that can be seen from most parts of
Vienna's architecture is glorious. Its buildings play together
harmoniously in a symphony of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and typical Austrian
To get away from the buildings and the monuments, visit the Prater
Park, on an island between the River Danube and the canal.
The large fairground wheel offers a splendid view of the city, and
then there are plenty of outside beer gardens for you take the weight off your feet and
soak up the other side of the Viennese whirl.
Coffeehouse Culture in Vienna:
German-language article; better known as 'Kaffehauskultur und Heurige in
Pedal Power Vienna:
Rent a bike and really discover Vienna. Sightseeing in the capital of Austria, by Pedal
Vienna's rich tradition of culture is evident in its many museums and galleries.
Vienna Now or Never:
B2B service for the tourism industry. The Vienna Tourist Board sends out mailings on what
is new in Vienna to international tourist guide editors.
Vienna Tourist Board:
There is much to see in Vienna: From Gothic St. Stephens Cathedral to the Imperial
Palace to the Art Nouveau splendor of the Secession, from the magnificent baroque palace
Schonbrunn to the Museum of Fine Arts to modern architecture at the Museums Quartier.
Barbara Cacao is a native Viennese and frequent traveller to her hometown. Tap into her
insight, honest reviews and local connections to plan a more authentic trip to Vienna.
One of Vienna's most well-known landmarks was built for Prince Eugene
of Savoy in the early 18th century.
Built between 1706 and 1711 this former royal residence has been the
home of the Museum of Austrian Folklore since 1917.
All the information you need about the palace and its attractions, including opening
hours, prices of admission and how to get to the palace.
Around Vienna's Schonbrunn Palace:
Each year, 3.6 million people flock to the Habsburg Emperor's splendid
summer residence west of the city centre.
by Barbara of Vienna Unwrapped.
Vienna Danube Guide:
Old Danube, Danube Island and more Insider
Historical City Tour with Schonbrunn Palace Visit:
The real treat of this tour is your visit to Schonbrunn Palace, summer residence of the
Hapsburgs and Maria Theresa, mother of Marie Antoinette, who later became Queen to Louis
XVI of France.
Austria's illustrious history leaves a lot of memories behind. Uncover the delights of
former glory at these interesting places to visit.
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